New Zealand Red Cross team members practise their
life-saving skills. More volunteers are needed for the NZ
Red Cross Disaster Welfare Support Team in Queenstown.
Commitment, reliability, team spirit and a sense of
humour are among the qualities volunteers must have to join the
New Zealand Red Cross and help at the front line in the event
of an emergency.
The NZ Red Cross Disaster Welfare Support Team in Queenstown
is calling for new recruits to bolster its core membership of
Members from the Queenstown, Gore and Invercargill teams,
backed by the only dedicated NZ Red Cross ''welfare centre on
wheels'' truck in the South Island so far, will run their
recruitment campaign at the Lake Hayes Agricultural and
Pastoral Show tomorrow and take part in the grand parade at
Queenstown response team leader Fi Sawers said yesterday the
team's ranks had fluctuated over the past 18 months because
of the transient nature of the population and the new year
was the ideal time to attract new members.
Disaster Welfare Support Team members from the Wakatipu have
a range of backgrounds, from firefighting and aviation, to
fundraising and youth work, but all are trained in welfare,
outreach, first aid, casualty handling and relief
Volunteers must be able to swing into action regardless of
the time or the day and be on a roster for deployment where
necessary. They should be willing to travel throughout New
Zealand in response to emergency events or training, be
prepared for deployments for up to six days, with a possible
extension for major events, and commit to the position for 12
Volunteers agree to operate under adverse working conditions,
occasionally walking and standing for periods of up to 10
hours. They are expected to keep moderately physically fit
and undertake a Ministry of Justice or police check.
Look out for the NZ Red Cross Disaster Welfare Support Unit
at the Lake Hayes A&P Show tomorrow. The truck carries
140 stretchers, foam mats and pillows, 280 fleece blankets,
four cots, hygiene kits, lighting kits, welfare reception
kits, five VHF GP360 radios and basic catering.
Disaster Welfare Support Team members from Queenstown
responded immediately to the earthquakes in Christchurch,
helping quake-hit citizens in the aftermath of the February 22,
''We did a variety of service in those three very long days
until fresh volunteers could come in,'' Ms Sawers said.
''Activities included setting up welfare centres,
transporting goods and information between welfare centres
across the city and we did door-to-door work with EQ
''Red Cross workers were involved in ground level rescue,
restoring community links and two of our team members -
myself and Rhea McLean - returned for a second rotation and
that involved community links work and water distribution.''
People interested in volunteering can attend an information
presentation and induction in the NZ Red Cross Service
Centre, Level 2, Dart House, Remarkables Park Town Centre, on
February 5, from 7pm to 8pm.
Lake Hayes A&P Show
Lake Hayes Showgrounds, Saturday, January 12.
8.15am: Judging begins for horse and pony classes in the main
9am: Sideshows crank up. Judging begins for sheep and wool
classes. Craft stalls and trade sites ready
9.30am: Machinery and traction engine on display. Plunket
Mothers' Room opens. Gift lamb judging begins.
10am: Shearing display and competition. Home industries in
the pavilion open for viewing.
10.30am: Registration of pets and lifestyle animals near
Petting Zoo. Small pony fancy dress. Magician Jonathan Usher
11am: Judging of supreme horse, pony and rider. The Wonky
Donkey Man entertains. Pets and lifestyle animals judging
11.30am: Shearing display and competition. Pipe band performs
on the front lawn. Face-painting on offer.
Noon: Grand Parade and show official opening.
1pm: Dog trial finalists compete in main ring. ''Pinnies in
the Paddock'' contestants to meet at main stage.
1.30pm: Shearing display and competition. The Wonky Donkey
2pm: Harcourts Two Fence Challenge competition (premier show
jumping). Jonathan Usher the Magician entertains.
2.30pm: The Wonky Donkey Man entertains. Show jumping
continues in the main ring all afternoon.
3pm: Prizegiving for home industries section on main stage.
Sheep and hay-bale guessing announced. Jonathan Usher the
4pm: Children's lolly scramble. Home industry exhibits can be
collected from the pavilion.